The authors of the short-listed selection of best books and best covers are Axel Lohse, Chloe Forbes, Kelly McIntrye (CCC Early Learning), Laykin St John, Lydia Milne, Phaedra Stephenson, Savannah Riley, Sophia Harris and Ariel, Ataliah and Lachlan Cooke.

The Winners of the Best Book Award will have 3 copies of their book printed. One for the Gympie library one for the school library (2 in your case as it is a group book). Glenbo the editor will work with the winners to finalise the print layout.

Runners up will receive a certificate and gift.

The winners of the Best Cover Award will be presented with a certificate and gift.

Winners announced on 2nd September at Event at 1:30pm on the Gympie Show Pavilion stage.

The shortlisted books will be on display at the event.

The River that Flows

This year’s event is based on a book by local author Tiarn Florence and illustrator Joolie Gibbs, titled The River that Flows.


Little Kids Day Out is excited to announce our Picture Book Writing Competition!

The theme is “Bugs and Creepy Crawlies” – whether real or imaginary. We encourage you to incorporate a safety aspect in your storyline with Child Protection Week in mind.

You can submit your entry via Dropbox (for digital books) or submit a hardcopy to the library (for paper books). The submission deadline is Friday, June 23, 2023.

The winner will receive a professional printed copy of their book at LKDO2023.

This competition is open to individuals and groups/schools/classes. The age of the illustrator and author will be taken into account when judging. A selection panel of local professionals will be judging the entries.

A selection of shortlisted books will be displayed at LKDO2023 on September 2, 2023, at the Gympie Pavilion.

All hard copy submissions can be collected from the LKDO2023 event. 

We can’t wait to see your creative and imaginative entries! Good luck!


The judges have chosen the winners and we will announce them at the Little Kids Day Out

Contact Little Kids Day Out

Admin Address:
20 Hilton Road, Gympie 4570

Event Address:
Pavilion building & grounds,
Gympie Show Grounds
Exhibition Road, Southside 4570

Phone: 0418 157 280


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